Choir Distance Learning – High School

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Thanks to feedback from hundreds of high school musical teachers nationwide, we learned that there was a need for more listening activities that engaged students. Below, you will find a sample video suitable for listening, a list of questions age appropriate for High School (9th-12th grade choir or general), and links to music standards (NAfME/NCCAS) which can be used for lesson planning (or adapted to your state or district). Many thanks for your feedback, and thanks for letting us know what you need most.

See below for a list of the National Core Arts Standards used in creation of these questions.

Listen to the music above. After you listen, consider the questions below.

I. Responding

1. For what sort of event, concert, or occasion is this music appropriate? Use musical evidence from the music to support your answer.

2. Describe the form of the work (ABA, AB, etc.). Cite text and musical examples to explain.

3. How are the text and music working together to express the idea of the composer? Relate this to another performance example.

4. How well did this performance convey the meaning of the words and the intentions of the composer?

II. Connecting

1. Find 3-5 examples of music, which would work in a concert program with this work. What is your theme? How and why do each of the works you have chosen fit in with theme?

2. What cultural and/or historical issues influenced the creation of the work? How is this work significant on a personal level, community level, national level? What are other uses for this work in terms of other disciplines and daily life?

III.Creating (optional)

1. Improvise a rhythm or melodic idea that reflects some of the purpose and context of work you just heard.

2. Make a draft of your idea. Write it down in some way.

3. Notate your idea (by hand or computer free software)

4. Evaluate and refine your idea.

5. Share your idea with other members of the ensemble and the teacher.

IV. Performing (Evaluation and Planning)

1. Listen to the work with your eyes closed. What did you like about the way it sounded? Explain using musical examples.

2. Watch the work with the sound off. What did you like about the visual elements? Explain.

2. Now listen to the work with sound on and eyes open? How did your experience differ after isolating the sound and the video?

4. Is our choir capable of such a performance? Why or why not?

5. Imagine you get to choose a theme and music for a concert, and select 5-8 pieces that our choir would be able to perform with the given example. (Make sure these are different from any other works you have cited earlier in your answers.) Take into account, style, genre, contrast as well as the skill level needed to perform each work.

6. Describe how you chose the pieces and why they would be good for our choir.

End of questions.

Find more musical examples here.

Information for Teachers:

Below, please find a list of the Standards used for the creation of the questions. If you need more distance learning resources, you can find them here. 

More online videos (interviews and repertoire)

 NAfME Music Standards informing these questions. 


Select (Choose music appropriate for specific purposes and contexts)
Analyze (Analyze how the structure and context of varied musical works inform the response.)
Interpret (Support interpretations of musical works that reflect creators’/performers’ expressive intent.)
Evaluate (Support evaluations of musical works and performances based on analysis, interpretation, and established criteria.)


Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make music.
Relate musical ideas and works with varied context to deepen understanding.


Imagine (Generate musical ideas for various purposes and contexts.)
Plan and Make (Select and develop musical ideas for defined purposes and contexts)
Evaluate and Refine (Evaluate and refine selected musical ideas to create musical work(s) that meet appropriate criteria.)
Present (Share creative musical work that conveys intent, demonstrates craftsmanship, and exhibits originality.)


Select (Select varied musical works to present based on interest, knowledge, technical skill, and context.)
Analyze (Analyze the structure and context of varied musical works and their implications for performance.)
Interpret (Develop personal interpretations that consider creators’ intent.)
Rehearse, Evaluate and Refine (Evaluate and refine personal and ensemble performances, individually or in collaboration with others.)
Present (Perform expressively, with appropriate interpretation and technical accuracy, and in a manner appropriate to the audience and context.)